In-vehicle HMIs not only allow users to interact with a suite of intuitive in-car features, but also provide real-time access to external information such as traffic and weather reports, speed limit changes, and even the predicted movements of other drivers on the road.
A smarter, safer (and more enjoyable) driving experience
HMIs allow drivers and passengers to interact with their vehicles in a far more natural way – via in-car touch screens and buttons, push rotary controllers, swipe and gesture functions, and even speech recognition technology. These features provide safer distraction-free driving whilst also making the in-car user experience far more enjoyable.
On the other hand, to reduce driver distraction, many car makers are starting to implement multi-information displays in cars; specifically, the information will be split into two or more screens based on its relevance for the driver and the co-passenger.
In addition, drivers and manufacturers alike can customize the HMI software to suit their own personalized interactions, harnessing stunning 2D and 3D graphics, intuitive tactile button feedback, and even driver augmented reality systems. These fully personalized features build an instant synergy between the driver and the vehicle and increase confidence in the automotive brand.
Augmented reality provides unprecedented driver safety
Combining in-car sensors with an advanced HMI platform, Elektrobit (EB) is able to provide the driver with a real-time augmented reality experience via a head-up display (HUD). The HUD can provide visual information such as speed limit changes, upcoming cornering strategies, and even help to visualize the potential movement of other road users. This allows the driver to focus on the road without the need for additional dashboard displays or buttons and increases the overall driver and vehicle safety.
Increased value propositions for automotive manufacturers
HMIs not only benefit the end user—but also allow automotive manufacturers to showcase a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
In a time when consumers are actively searching for the newest state-of-the-art car safety and technology, car makers can leverage EB’s expertise to present an innovative, fully customizable HMI system to help drive purchasing behavior and increase the strength and integrity of their brand.
The flexibility and adaptability of EB’s HMI platform also ensures that manufacturers will save money over the long term, by avoiding unnecessary software development costs and enabling a high degree of reuse for existing components, sensors, and hardware.
EB’s artificial intelligence drives a suite of new in-vehicle assistants
In a landmark software development, EB’s HMI interface now also incorporates voice assistance systems such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant—providing vehicle occupants with intuitive speech recognition technology and ensuring a far more holistic in-car experience. These virtual assistants allow users to hear real-time traffic conditions, play music, update schedules, access weather reports, and even ask direct questions—all via a completely hands-free platform.
The in-car AI utilizes EB’s software expertise to far extend the car’s on-board capabilities, allowing effortless voice interaction between vehicle occupants and the HMI system. This advanced speech technology plays a key role in minimizing driver distraction, and sets the new standard in enjoyable, efficient, and safer driving.
A robust platform that evolves with the technology
HMI technology is constantly evolving, and a future-proof operating system is required to ensure that the HMI can stay up-to-date with the latest trends and features.
EB GUIDE is a comprehensive HMI design platform which is already powering millions of in-car UIs around the world—from manufacturers such as Audi, Volkswagen, and GM.
EB GUIDE is an end-to-end HMI development tool which allows car makers to design, prototype, and deploy their own HMI systems. The WYSIWYG interface even allows designers to build HMIs on a desktop computer and see exactly how the UI will look and behave on the end platform.
Within EB GUIDE there is a suite of additional tools and plug-ins, such as EB arware (development of augmented reality systems), EB GUIDE Speech Extension (integration of speech functionality), EB street director (maps and navigation software), and a host of other advanced HMI development programs.
Leveraging 15+ years of HMI software and development experience, EB GUIDE provides car manufacturers with a complete HMI design, testing, and deployment platform all within a single software package.